At the request of New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA), New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), and New Jersey Farm Bureau, State legislators adopted a law in 1996 “which directs the Department of Agriculture—in consultation with the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station—to adopt ‘standards for the humane raising, keeping, care, treatment, marketing, and sale

FDA, gearing up for the implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), recently “issued a letter reminding retail establishments that sell medically important antimicrobials for use in feed or water for food animals that the marketing status of those products will change from over-the-counter (OTC) to prescription (Rx) or to veterinary feed directive (VFD)

FDA issued a draft revised guidance for industry, “General Principles for Evaluating the Human Food Safety of New Animal Drugs Used In Food-Producing Animals” in July 2016 that “described the type of information that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) recommends sponsors provide [the agency] to address the

It has been some time since I have been focused on Foot and Mouth Disease, a virus affecting hoofed stock, including livestock, considered the most infectious virus on the planet.

During and after the 2001 FMD Outbreak in the United Kingdom most animal health officials, myself included, were focused on preventing the importation of this

More birds may die in cage-free interior facilities than in more conventional hen-housing. That is one of the results of a three-year long study comparing “conventional cage, enriched colony and cage-free aviary laying hen housing systems and potential impacts on food safety, the environment, hen health and well-being, worker health and safety and food affordability,”

All egg producers selling eggs in California must now provide more space for their caged laying hens.  As reported by the New York Times, the law “is expected to bring rising egg prices across the United States,” also quoting the National Association of Egg Farmers’ spokesman, Ken Klippen, who is concerned that the hens may

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (“PED”), an unwelcome emerging virus new to the United States has been increasingly reported as the cause of large numbers of mortalities in swine herds in the U.S.  Fortunately, unlike other emerging diseases, such as West Nile Virus[1], a virus first identified in the U.S. in 1999, PED does